What to do in Switzerland?
Join the Fasnacht Spring Carnival
This festival in Basel is a three-day party that welcomes warm weather and takes place annually on the Monday after Ash Wednesday. This is something that is highly anticipated by both tourists and locals, and it is certainly Switzerland's most popular festival. Fasnächtlers dress in elaborate costumes to hide their identities and parade around town with "cliks" (bands playing bassler drums and piccoloos). All the bars and restaurants in the city are open for three full days. Everyone is in a good mood here!
As Switzerland's third largest city, the Lake of Geneva City (Lake Geneva), the world's largest fountain, the United Nations, a historic city centre, and a collection of international restaurants to satisfy one's tastes (UN Thanks to the buildings). in the city). While you are here make sure you visit the Museum of Art and History of Geneva or the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. There are a total of 40 museums here!
Hike Mt. Pilate
Located just outside the city of Lucerne, this beautiful mountain offers breathtaking views of the Alps. From the city, you can take a cable car to the top or (better yet) hike up its trails to see the Swiss Alps. There are some easy trails around the northern edge of Pilatus, as well as other attractions such as a ropes course in the summer months.
Picnic at the Rhine Falls
Pack a picnic lunch and take in your view of Europe's largest waterfall. If you go on a boat tour you can get extra close to the giant rock in the middle of the falls, and you'll also experience the Rhine Falls Basin. Near the town of Schaffhausen, you'll find a medieval castle that also houses a hostel for cheap but interesting accommodation.
Explore St. Gallen
The seventh largest city in Switzerland, St. Gallen boasts beautiful museums, colorful murals, and one-of-a-kind unique architecture. It doesn't receive as much tourist traffic as other cities and regions around the country, but it is a fun city full of students and you are likely to befriend some locals during your visit. Must Do: Visit the Baroque Cathedral and the Abbey Library, which is home to nearly 170,000 documents. Some are handwritten and are over a thousand years old!
Tour the Old Villages
Visit the country's Graubünden area, where you'll find villages with houses dating back to the 13th century. Here they also speak an ancient language called adventures, which is dead everywhere in the country and the local people take great pride in keeping this tradition alive. Of course, this is a paradise for nature lovers - there are 615 lakes and 150 valleys in the region. Coming here is a true Swiss alpine experience.
Have a Romantic Time in Montreux
With a picturesque castle (Chateau de Chillo) on the edge of a lake, the area makes a lovely romantic destination. Tour the castle, which dates back to the 12th century and inspired the likes of Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, and more. The town was also home to Freddie Mercury and there is a statue in his honor. It costs 12.50 CHF ($12.55 USD) to visit the palace.
Discover Rural Culture in Appenzell
This small village of 7,000 is located in the canton of Appenzell Innerhoden. There are no cars and the village has retained much of its local traditions and culture, including dance and folk music. This is an incredibly picturesque small town, with frescoed buildings and narrow streets. Its location near the foot of the Alpstein Mountains makes it a great gateway for participating in summer and winter outdoor activities, such as hiking and skiing. Take the Appenzel Railway to Wasserraun, and explore the fascinating prehistoric Wildkirchli Caves (inhabited some 40,000 years ago).
You can't get a more exclusive Swiss destination than Lucerne. Situated on the beautiful Lucerne Lake, the city offers a wonderful combination of urban life and nature. Spend some time in the old town, especially Weinmark, surrounded by medieval guildhalls and ornamental buildings. Note the Cross Chapel Bridge, the world's oldest surviving truss bridge, and the 17th-century ceiling paintings depicting events from Lucerne's history.